Shining Light Frequently Asked Questions..

Please find below a range of different questions relating to David Rouse, Shining Light & the services that he provides. David hopes that this information puts you at ease and that you find it useful in your quest.

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I’ve tried therapy before and I didn’t benefit. Is therapy still right for me?

Research shows that the quality of the relationship between you and your therapist is one of the primary predictors of client progress. It is therefore important you find a therapist who is the right fit for you.

Can I attend fortnightly or monthly sessions rather than weekly?

Yes this is possible but weekly is recommended. This is to ensure consistency and steady progress can be made. I sometimes see couples on a fortnightly basis, depending on needs and goals of therapy.

Are our sessions confidential?

Yes, counselling sessions are strictly confidential. There are exceptions such as posing a danger to yourself or others, in which case the relevant parties would be notified. Confidentiality will be fully discussed during our first session.

How do I know if I need therapy?

I believe therapy is for everyone. You might seek counselling as a result of a crisis, or you may be encouraged by family, friends or colleagues. Sessions can help you to gain clarity, reduce symptoms, work through complex personal issues, increase wellbeing or begin a journey of self-discovery. Whatever brings you to counselling, there is space for you here.

How long will therapy take?

This is tailored to your unique situation. For some people, 6-20 sessions might be all that is needed. For deeper exploration or more complex issues sessions might take place over several months or even years. I am an open door practice and see many of my clients as they face different challenges that present in life.

How long do sessions last?

Each counselling or psychotherapy session lasts for 50 minutes.

What happens at the first appointment?

This is an opportunity for you to tell me your reasons for seeking help at this time and what you hope the outcome to be. I will listen and advise if I think therapy with me might help. You can ask any questions or concerns you have about the counselling process. You will also be able to decide whether counselling is right for you and to discuss this with me. Once we have agreed a way forward, future sessions will then be booked at times and dates to suit you. If I'm unable to offer you therapy, I won't stick you on a waiting list, I will work with you to refer you if this is what you wish.

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I appreciate that choosing the right counsellor can be difficult, one size certainly does not fit all, and it is critical that you feel completely at ease with your choice. That is why I encourage you to contact me for an informal discussion.